Peptides

Publication Title: 
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

In investigating the role of metal ions in the pathogenesis of Huntington's disease, we examined the effects of clioquinol, a metal-binding compound currently in clinical trials for Alzheimer's disease treatment, on mutant huntingtin-expressing cells. We found that PC12 cells expressing polyglutamine-expanded huntingtin exon 1 accumulated less mutant protein and showed decreased cell death when treated with clioquinol. This effect was polyglutamine-length-specific and did not alter mRNA levels or protein degradation rates.

Author(s): 
Nguyen, Trent
Hamby, Aaron
Massa, Stephen M.
Publication Title: 
Aging Cell

Aging and age-related diseases can be viewed as the result of the lifelong accumulation of stress insults. The identification of mutant strains and genes that are responsive to stress and can alter longevity profiles provides new therapeutic targets for age-related diseases. Here we reported that a Drosophila strain with reduced expression of ribose-5-phosphate isomerase (rpi), EP2456, exhibits increased resistance to oxidative stress and enhanced lifespan. In addition, the strain also displays higher levels of NADPH.

Author(s): 
Wang, Ching-Tzu
Chen, Yi-Chun
Wang, Yi-Yun
Huang, Ming-Hao
Yen, Tzu-Li
Li, Hsun
Liang, Cyong-Jhih
Sang, Tzu-Kang
Ciou, Shih-Ci
Yuh, Chiou-Hwa
Wang, Chao-Yung
Brummel, Theodore J.
Wang, Horng-Dar
Publication Title: 
Disease Models & Mechanisms

Cardiac fibrosis is critically involved in the adverse remodeling accompanying dilated cardiomyopathies (DCMs), which leads to cardiac dysfunction and heart failure (HF). Connective tissue growth factor (CTGF), a profibrotic cytokine, plays a key role in this deleterious process. Some beneficial effects of IGF1 on cardiomyopathy have been described, but its potential role in improving DCM is less well characterized.

Author(s): 
Touvron, Melissa
Escoubet, Brigitte
Mericskay, Mathias
Angelini, Aude
Lamotte, Luciane
Santini, Maria Paola
Rosenthal, Nadia
Daegelen, Dominique
Tuil, David
Decaux, Jean-FranÁois
Publication Title: 
Nature Communications

It is hypothesized that a common underlying mechanism links multiple neurodegenerative disorders. Here we show that transitional endoplasmic reticulum ATPase (TERA)/valosin-containing protein (VCP)/p97 directly binds to multiple polyglutamine disease proteins (huntingtin, ataxin-1, ataxin-7 and androgen receptor) via polyglutamine sequence. Although normal and mutant polyglutamine proteins interact with TERA/VCP/p97, only mutant proteins affect dynamism of TERA/VCP/p97.

Author(s): 
Fujita, Kyota
Nakamura, Yoko
Oka, Tsutomu
Ito, Hikaru
Tamura, Takuya
Tagawa, Kazuhiko
Sasabe, Toshikazu
Katsuta, Asuka
Motoki, Kazumi
Shiwaku, Hiroki
Sone, Masaki
Yoshida, Chisato
Katsuno, Masahisa
Eishi, Yoshinobu
Murata, Miho
Taylor, J. Paul
Wanker, Erich E.
Kono, Kazuteru
Tashiro, Satoshi
Sobue, Gen
La Spada, Albert R.
Okazawa, Hitoshi
Publication Title: 
Nature Chemical Biology

In polyglutamine (polyQ) diseases, only certain neurons die, despite widespread expression of the offending protein. PolyQ expansion may induce neurodegeneration by impairing proteostasis, but protein aggregation and toxicity tend to confound conventional measurements of protein stability. Here, we used optical pulse labeling to measure effects of polyQ expansions on the mean lifetime of a fragment of huntingtin, the protein that causes Huntington's disease, in living neurons.

Author(s): 
Tsvetkov, Andrey S.
Arrasate, Montserrat
Barmada, Sami
Ando, D. Michael
Sharma, Punita
Shaby, Benjamin A.
Finkbeiner, Steven
Publication Title: 
Mechanisms of Ageing and Development

Aging in humans is associated with alterations in body fat distribution and a parallel gradual increase in the prevalence of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, as well as mortality of all causes. Because of nutrient cost, availability, and the sedentary life-style, half of the western world population has fat mass in excess of 30% of the body weight that weighs 3-4 times more than the fat mass of lean subjects.

Author(s): 
Gabriely, I.
Barzilai, N.
Publication Title: 
PloS One

Rhodiola rosea has been extensively used to improve physical and mental performance and to protect against stress. We, and others, have reported that R. rosea can extend lifespan in flies, worms, and yeast. However, its molecular mechanism is currently unknown. Here, we tested whether R. rosea might act through a pathway related to dietary restriction (DR) that can extend lifespan in a range of model organisms.

Author(s): 
Schriner, Samuel E.
Lee, Kevin
Truong, Stephanie
Salvadora, Kathyrn T.
Maler, Steven
Nam, Alexander
Lee, Thomas
Jafari, Mahtab
Publication Title: 
International Journal of Oncology

Metastatic chondrosarcoma of mesenchymal origin is the second most common bone malignancy and does not respond either to chemotherapy or radiation; therefore, the search for new therapies is relevant and urgent. We described recently that tumor growth inhibiting cytostatic proline-rich polypeptide 1, (PRP-1) significantly upregulated tumor suppressor miRNAs, downregulated onco-miRNAs in human chondrosarcoma JJ012 cell line, compared to chondrocytes culture.

Author(s): 
Galoian, Karina
Qureshi, Amir
D'Ippolito, Gianluca
Schiller, Paul C.
Molinari, Marco
Johnstone, Andrea L.
Brothers, Shaun P.
Paz, Ana C.
Temple, H. T.
Publication Title: 
Medical Hypotheses

Music is well known for its effect on human behavior especially of their bonding and empathy towards others. Music provokes one's emotion and activates mirror neurons and reward system. It also regulates social hormones such as steroid hormones or peptides, and increases empathy, pro-sociality and altruism. As a result, it improves one's reproductive success.

Author(s): 
Fukui, Hajime
Toyoshima, Kumiko
Publication Title: 
Food & Function

The present study aimed to evaluate the effect of an oral administration of marine collagen peptides (MCPs) pre- and post-acute ethanol intoxication in female Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats. MCPs were orally administered to rats at doses of 0 g per kg bw, 2.25 g per kg bw, 4.5 g per kg bw and 9.0 g per kg bw, prior to or after the oral administration of ethanol.

Author(s): 
Liang, Jiang
Li, Qiong
Lin, Bing
Yu, Yongchao
Ding, Ye
Dai, Xiaoqian
Li, Yong

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